Concerns of weight gain seem to be the factor in starting up again, study says.
Women who attempt to quit smoking tend to suffer more difficult withdrawal symptoms of depression, poor concentration, anxiety and weight gain, study says.
The report, published in the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource noted that after quitting an average of 5 to 10 pounds was gained during withdrawal, prompting some women start smoking again.
If you have tried to quit smoking and have had a relapse, don’t be discouraged. Most people require four to six tries before successfully quitting. Here are some helpful suggestions:
- Set a date or time frame for quitting. Whether you pick a day or say you’ll do it in the next 30 to 60 days, stick to it.
- When your quit date arrives, throw out anything that reminds you of smoking. That includes all smoking paraphernalia — leftover cigarettes, matches, lighters, ashtrays, cigarette holders, even the lighter in your car.
- Get support. Having someone for support — either a friend, family member or a connection made in an online support group can help.
- Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits. Suggestions include: take a walk, drink a glass of water, throw the ball for the dog, wash the car, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth or practice your deep breathing. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it.
- Switch your cigarette habit for a nut habit. Eat four nuts in their shell for every cigarette you want to smoke. This way, you’re using your hands and your mouth, getting the same physical and oral sensations you get from smoking.
- Carry some cinnamon-flavored toothpicks with you. Suck on one whenever a cigarette craving hits.
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